After eight long years, attorney Sasha McCandless is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone. Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.
You can find details about the other books in the series on Amazon here and on Melissa's website here.
After finishing the fourth book in the series, Melissa joined me to talk about her writing:
Q) You work as an attorney and yet you have also published successful novels and crime fiction shorts. I'm interested in how you manage your time. Do you write a little every day or do you have bursts of productivity?
I try to write every day, I wish I wrote every day, but it's just not feasible. In addition to practicing law, I also have three kids ages 7, 5, and 2. I try to sneak bits of writing in when I can between client matters and family, but I get the bulk of my writing done on long car trips (the husband drives) or when traveling for work. My husband will usually also hold down the fort on the weekend for a three or four hour block of time while I barricade myself in the office and write as fast as I can!
Q) In a film or TV adaptation of your legal thrillers, who would play your main character, Sasha McCandless?
I always picture Reese Witherspoon, but I hear from readers that they think of Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman.
Q) What’s next for you?
Well, earlier today, I hit "publish" on Indispensable Party, the fourth book in my Sasha series! I aim to have the fifth book out this Spring, but first, I am going to do something slightly different. I'm working on a novella that fits into the series, called Lovers and Madmen, which I plan to publish for Valentine's Day. It's a gift to my readers, who have grown fond of Leo Connelly, Sasha's love interest in the books. So, while this book fits right into Sasha's world and does involve a legal issue and some danger, the focus will be more on their relationship.
Q) Who would play you in a film based on your life?
My vote would be for comedienne Samantha Bee.
Q) A stranger unexpectedly does something nice for you that brightens your day. You decide to carry out a random act of kindness for another person in return. What do you do?
I would probably find a mother whose preschooler was having a complete meltdown at the grocery store and tell her she was doing a great job, then pay for her groceries.
Q) The world will end in two minutes and there’s nothing you can do about it. You turn to the person next to you and you say…
Q) Where can we find you online?
The best place to connect with me is on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-F-Miller-Author/192328657456509
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If you'd like to know more about Melissa, here's a fun biography taken from her website where she compares herself to her main character, Sasha:
Sasha and Melissa were both born in Pittsburgh, PA.
Sasha and Melissa are both litigators.
Sasha and Melissa both drink entirely too much coffee.
Sasha is single, childless, under five feet tall, under one hundred pounds, and could kill you with her bare hands.
Melissa is married, a mother of three, over five feet tall,
over one hundred pounds, and isn't telling.
Sasha has no pets.
Melissa has a dog, two cats, and three goldfish.
Sasha drives a Passat.
Melissa drives a Volvo.
Sasha thinks Pamela's has the best breakfast in Pittsburgh.
Melissa thinks Pamela's does indeed serve a very good breakfast but suggests Sasha try DeLuca's in the Strip.